I Sing – Jane Wiedlin’s FroSTed – “Call Me Crazy”

Back in 1996 I was booking a Tuesday (semi) acoustic night at the Agenda Lounge in San Jose. As I explained in my story about Lee Ann Womack,the Agenda Lounge used to be a dive bar called Marsugi’s who used to host blues bands before earning a lasting fame as a punk rock venue.
In 1992,Marsugi’s closed and was later bought by my old/new boss Jacek. Jacek completely renovated Marsugi’s into the Agenda Lounge,it had three floors,the basement was a cool dark spot where DJs spun all sorts of music,the main floor was one of the finest restaurants in San Jose and the top floor featured a beautiful bar and a stage where jazz was the featured music on the weekends.
One day in 1996 while I was at the EDGE,I got a call from a agency who wanted to know if I was interested in booking Jane Wiedlin’s new band “FroSTed”. Jane had achieved lasting fame as the guitar player in the legendary The Go-Go’s and had put together a new band. They were quickly signed by Geffen Records and were touring in support of their debut album “Cold”.
I was indeed interested and indeed I booked the band and went to work promoting it. The label showed great support as they bought enough tickets to cover what I was paying for the show. They also sent some college radio folks out to flyer the show and interview Jane as well.


    The day of show and I’m at the Agenda when Jane and her band show up,she couldn’t have been nicer but she was a little shy as well. I showed her where the band could load in at and do a sound check. I had told Jacek they would be playing plugged in but at a lower sound level.
Now normally I was the only live music game in town on Tuesdays,F/X had a front bar going and The Cactus Club either had a DJ night going or a slew of local bands cutting their teeth in front of 50 heads. But F/X had booked a night of live music and while we did pretty good with Jane,the show across the way did dig into our numbers a bit but FroSTed was a lot of fun and Jane was definitely more comfortable on stage then off. They played a great set,the songs were poppy punk and very catchy and the crowd was into it.
But what I remember the most is after the show…..while the three other members of the band went across the street,Jane stayed and started breaking down the gear with their tech. I then did something I rarely did,I helped load out the band’s gear. I say rarely because it is an unwritten rule never to touch gear unless asked too.  But I volunteered and Jane gladly accepted my help and said “Thank you”.
When the other three guys finally returned,they were surprised to find the van packed and ready to go. I got one last hug from Jane which surprised me and then they were gone.
Sadly FroSTed never caught fire and they only had the one album released before they broke up in 1998.

“Call Me Crazy”

I keep trying, I don’t know why I do
Sweetly beating my head against the wall
I keep lying, lying through my teeth
Waiting patient for my moment to fall

Call me crazy
Call me mad
Last year was a drag
The worst I’ve had
Call me crazy
Call me mad

I keep rhyming, time marches on
Heals all wounds, yeah, you know what I mean
I’m not whining, don’t get me wrong
Not all lines are meant to read between

Call me crazy
Call me mad
Last year was a drag
The worst I’ve had
Call me crazy
Call me mad

Well I guess that I care
But I don’t really care
From where I sit
The gutter looks up there

Crazy
Call me mad
Last year was a drag
The worst I’ve had
Call me crazy
Call me mad

Crazy
Call me mad
Crazy
Call me mad
Call me mad
Call me mad
Call me mad

written by Jane Wiedlin

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